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Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 4: Matteo Garrone’s Reality

Imagine the headlines if this year’s Best Actor prize goes to Aniello Arena. The male lead in Matteo Garrone’s sixth feature fiction film has been serving a prison term for the past two decades and wasn’t allowed to be on the Croisette to celebrate the film’s international premiere. Garrone who had previously been flying under the radar but had some acclaim with 2002’s The Embalmer and 2004’s First Love, really broke out with Gomorrah winning the Grand Prix for the film in Cannes back in 08′. Starring a huge ensemble, our critics responded well to Reality, a film that is being described as a Fellini-esque comedy. Click to enlarge!

Matteo Garrone Reality Cannes Critics' Panel

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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